“Since the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you or He will turn away from you.” Deuteronomy 23:14 NASB
Moses gave further laws that the Israelites needed to follow. Israel was still fighting wars, and this verse states that God does not want to see anything indecent in their camp to keep it holy before the Lord. Soldiers cannot be at their best when they are distracted by guilt or some other offense. It is also hard to keep morale when your camp is a mess and not cared for and orderly. Also, although the camp was a “temporary” resting place, it did not mean that soldiers could let their guard down and act immorally. Moses wanted to point out that God is with them however, the camp must be kept ceremonially clean – holy because God is there.
What is the condition of my “camp”? Am I finding it difficult to fight battles because there is something defiling in my camp? God is with me, that is true and will He will never abandon me, however, I will make myself increasingly ineffective when I do not have my camp clean – mentally, spiritually, and physically. In this regard, God is asking me to check these areas of my life.
- Mentally: what are the thoughts I am keeping? Am I dwelling on things that I shouldn’t be? My thought life is a constant battlefield and I need to keep my thought life clean. I cannot control the thoughts that come through my mind, but I can control how I process those thoughts. I am to humble myself and “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor 10:5 (NIV). I also need to be renewing my mind moment by moment with the truth and the promises of God, through His Word!
- Spiritually: It is tough to fight when I have sin in my life. I know I am covered by the blood of Christ and my sins have been washed away, but it still is a struggle to daily to strive to be more like Jesus. That’s why I need to make it a daily thing to repent and repent often. My life is not about living it to avoid sin, but to live it fully for God. If my focus is upon the sin, I will end up doing it, however, if my focus is upon Jesus, I will move toward what pleases Him.
- Physically: Is my house clean? NO. I think that is one of the things that is causing much anxiety and stress for me. It is an unnecessary stress and I need to take care of that ASAP! Kondo Marie time!
Lord Jesus, thank you for speaking to me about keeping my camp clean. I find that there are several areas that need work and I ask for your help. I humble myself before you and ask that you fill my thought life, help my focus to be upon you and also to be free from physical uncleanliness. I am so grateful that you choose to be with me amidst the mess and clutter in my life. Thank you for never leaving and I chose this day to live holy for you! Amen